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Your Questions Answered on open access

Open access allows users to download, copy, print and distribute works, without the need to ask for permission or to pay. Meredith Kahn/Flickr, CC BY-NC

Open access means making peer revi


Originally published in The Conversation.

Science is best when the data is an open book

Data needs to be an open book if science is to be made more reliable. Quinn Dombrowski/Flickr, CC BY-SA

It was 1986, and the American space agency, NASA, was reeling from the loss of seven lives.


Originally published in The Conversation.

It's a battle of the hemispheres in the Rugby World Cup

Northern nations may dominate in the numbers of teams in the Rugby World Cup but Southern teams tend to dominate in the play, such as Australia's win over England to throw the host nation out of the competition. Reuters/Stefan Wermuth

The history of the Rugby World Cup (RWC


Originally published in The Conversation.

The universe really is weird: a landmark quantum experiment has finally proved it so

Measuring the photons in an entangled state was part of the experiment. Flickr/Alexandre Normand, CC BY

Only last year the world of physics celebrated the The Conversation.

Today's smart machines owe much to Australia's first computer

CSIRAC: Australia's first computer has had a lasting impact. University of Melbourne, Author provided

Australia’s first computer weighed two tonnes, filled a large room and had a tiny fraction of the capacity of today’s typical sm


Originally published in The Conversation.

As companies continue to steal private data, technical solutions may be the answer

Encrypting private data mkabakov/Shutterstock

Apple has removed 250 apps from its app store because they were secretly stealing Apple users’ account and device identifiers


Originally published in The Conversation.

It's Back to the Future Day today – so what are the next future predictions?

Doc (Christopher Lloyd) and Marty (Michael J Fox) in 2015. Universal Studios

When Doc and Marty travelled forward in time from 1985 and landed the DeLorean on October 21, 2015, they found a world of flying cars, hover boards and 3D holographic technology.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Avoiding Medusa's gaze: what sharks can tell us about a rare human disease

A typical elephant shark from the Melbourne Aquarium. Wikimedia/Fir0002/Flagstaffotos, CC BY-NC

In Greek mythology, looking directly into The Conversation.

If we want to promote innovation we need to focus on businesses

The compact fluorescent lamp was primarily developed by private companies such as General Electric, Philips and Osram rather than in publicly funded research institutions.


Originally published in The Conversation.

The battle for open access is far from over

A majority of academic research is still locked away from public eyes. Shutterstock

Today marks the beginning of the 8th Open Access (OA) week, a global event to highlight all things open


Originally published in The Conversation.